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Freshmen to walk the Moravian Mile on September 1

Traditional walk during freshman orientation symbolically links Moravian’s two campuses

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— Over 300 Moravian College freshmen will walk the "Moravian Mile" during the annual freshman class walk on Monday, September 1 at 11:00 a.m. The walk starts at the 1742 oval located at the corner of Locust and Monocacy Streets and follows the Moravian Mile down Main Street to Moravian's Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus at Church Street.

The walk is a recent tradition that began in 1996 as part of Freshman Orientation. The walk symbolically links Moravian's Main Street Campus with the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus. A group of Moravian College vice presidents will lead the walk.

At the conclusion of the walk, the group will gather in Foy Concert Hall for College president Ervin J. Rokke’s address to the freshman class at 11:30 a.m. Rokke will draw upon his extensive military and international affairs expertise to present an insightful look at the historical and political context for the war in Kosovo.

After lunch, freshman may tour the classroom buildings before heading off to the Campus Service Project—a new tradition at Moravian designed to foster community service. At 4:00 p.m., the freshman class will begin making the 6,000 wax candles that will be used for the Christmas Vespers Services in December. Later, the freshman will enjoy an all-college Labor Day picnic with the Daisy Jug Band.

Freshman Orientation begins two days earlier when students will be moving into the residence halls on the morning of Saturday, August 30. Once moved in, freshman have the remainder of the morning to get their IDs, visit the bookstore, set-up their phones and computers, and check their mailboxes.

An opening Convocation and Vespers service will be held for all new students and their families in Central Moravian Church at 1:30 p.m. The service is a ceremonial beginning for students and a formal “farwell” for parents.

Beverly J. Kochard, vice president for student affairs, will welcome the freshman at 3:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, followed by a number of social activities throughout the evening designed to encourage the new students to interact with each other and make new friends.

Sunday, August 31 begins with worship services, followed by the students’ first “Introduction to Student Life” class. The class session is dedicated to discussing The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo, the book which was required reading for all freshman. After lunch, students will attend a community event featuring Paula Huntley, author of The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo. At 4:30 p.m., students will attend a discussion with Borko Milosev, a Moravian College senior from Serbia, who will provide his perspective on the ethnic conflicts in Kosovo.

The freshman class will be officially installed during the Freshman Banquet in Johnston Hall at 6 p.m. Dr. John Reynolds, professor of political science will give the keynote address.

On Tuesday, September 2 classes begin and the fall 2003 semester will be underway.

The incoming Class of 2007 will be the largest in Moravian’s 261-year history. From a record number of applications, the College has enrolled 389 freshmen. The previous high mark for enrollment was the Class of 2004, when 378 freshmen were enrolled.

The Class of 2007 is among the most academically prepared. The average, combined SAT score of our new class (1122) is also at a record high. More than half of Moravian’s incoming freshmen were among the top 20 percent of their graduating high school class; 31 percent of the new students were ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class.